Beautiful building sites in Litchfield County Connecticut towns, such as Salisbury and Sharon, have become more difficult to find. The feasibility of tearing down an existing house and rebuilding is sometimes considered.
During the 1970-1980s, when land was available and relatively inexpensive, many unfortunate houses were hastily built, often sitting on nice parcels in good locations. When these homes come on the market, the buyer usually thinks of a renovation. However, the constraints imposed by an awkward layout and poor original construction sometimes make this a dubious option.
If one considers the same property as a premium building site because of improvements already in place, there can be some advantages: an existing foundation (if in good condition), driveway/road to the house, operating well, septic system, electric service, mature trees and landscaping. All of these improvements add considerable value to a piece of raw land.
If the parcel in question also has attractive qualities that are difficult to quantify, such as the perfect location or a stunning view, then the property may be worth the additional time and cost of demolition and building anew.